Shopping went well yesterday.  I found a bathing suit that actually fits and, even better, one I like.  It may not fit at the end of the season, but I’ll deal with that when I get to it.  It’s a two-piece: I love the mix-and-matchability of two pieces, for size, cut, and style options, and one piece suits rarely work for me because I’m so short-waisted.

The top is a tied halter that actually has straps thick and sturdy enough to hold everything in while I’m playing in the pool with my son, but it doesn’t look matronly or anything.  It’s an abstract pink-purple-black-white tankini top (Best.  Invention.  Ever) with colors cool enough to complement my fair skin tone.

But the bottoms are the best part: two pieces for the price of one.  The base is a mid-rise bikini bottom with a moderate amount of coverage, solid black.  The other part is a detachable skirt that ties on one side, sarong-style.  The bottom half is just a little too big – not so much that it’s going to fall off in the pool, but maybe it will fit all summer.  And it literally cost the same as the plain bikini bottom.

I know visual aids will help illustrate, so I will update with pictures soon.

So I found what I was looking for.

And then some.

On my way to the checkout, I realized I had nothing to wear to a semi-nice restaurant for my husband’s birthday dinner this weekend.  Literally – my only pair of shorts that fits right now are my jogging shorts (not that I jog).  I’m just a little tired of using the “rubber band trick” on my nice jeans and shorts.  I can’t even use it any more on my denim skirt.

So I started looking around for a bigger skirt, denim or khaki or something casual.  In the whole department store, I found two denim skirts and one khaki.  The khaki was a skort that I really wasn’t sold on.  Of the denim skirts, one was “distressed,” which I don’t personally care for (even though it makes me feel old to admit that).  The other was from the juniors’ section and just this side of too tight and too short.

And then I found a dress.

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My mom saw it first – she bought the cobalt one to take with her to the beach when she goes on vacation with her friends later this summer.  I picked up the fuschia dress to try on, and immediately got distracted by a different dress (thank you, pregnancy brain).  In my ADD,  I completely forgot to try it on.  I didn’t realize it until I got it home, at which point I discovered it actually fits perfectly.  It falls to just under my knees, and because of the empire waist and loose, flowy construction, it should fit all summer.

I dressed it up with my bronze sandals and gold/CZ earrings for dinner, where we shared the news about my pregnancy and showed off the first sonograms.  I will be uploading those in a separate post.